Jim Bradley (politician)
James J. Bradley (born February 19, 1945) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a long-serving Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, sitting as an MPP from 1977 until 2018. He represented the riding of St. Catharines and served in the provincial cabinets of David Peterson, Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne. He was elected as a regional councillor in the St. Catharines municipal election of 2018. He is currently the Chair of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.
James J. Bradley
|Niagara Regional Chair|
|Assumed office |
December 6, 2018
|Preceded by||Alan Caslin|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament|
for St. Catharines
June 9, 1977 – June 7, 2018
|Preceded by||Robert Mercer Johnston|
|Succeeded by||Jennie Stevens|
|Born||February 19, 1945|
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
His 41 year term as an MPP is the second longest tenure in Ontario history, behind only Harry Nixon.
Before entering politics, Bradley was a teacher with the Lincoln County Board of Education. He was elected as a city councillor to the St. Catharines city council in 1970, but also remained in the classroom until 1977.
After failed bids in the elections of 1967 and 1971, Bradley was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1977 election in the riding of St. Catharines, and served as MPP for that riding until the 2018 election. He fended off strong challenges from the New Democratic Party in the 1990 election and the Progressive Conservative Party in 1995 election. On all other occasions until 2018, he was re-elected.
When the Liberals came to power under David Peterson following the 1985 election, Bradley became Minister of the Environment and held that position until the Liberals were defeated in the 1990 election. He is generally regarded as Ontario's most effective Environment Minister, although some believe that his ambitions for the portfolio were undermined by Peterson and Finance Minister Robert Nixon. As Environment Minister, Bradley expanded Blue Box Recycling, making it a province-wide initiative, as well as instituting tough new penalties for polluters, enforced by a strengthened investigation and enforcement branch.
|Ontario Provincial Government of David Peterson|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Susan Fish||Minister of the Environment
Bradley was a vocal opponent of Peterson's plans to call an election in 1990, preferring that the party wait until 1992 before going to the polls. While the Liberals were defeated, Bradley was personally re-elected and had a prominent position in the Opposition benches.
When Nixon, the interim leader of the Liberals, left Queen's Park to accept an appointment, he was replaced by Murray Elston. Elston resigned as interim leader to run in the 1992 leadership convention, and Bradley became interim leader of the party and interim Leader of the Opposition from November 1991 until the election of Lyn McLeod in February 1992. He remained an opposition stalwart until the Liberals won the 2003 election under Dalton McGuinty.
|Legislative Assembly of Ontario|
| Leader of the Opposition in the
|Party political offices|
| Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
There was some speculation that Bradley would be re-appointed Minister of the Environment in McGuinty's government, but this did not occur. Instead, he was named Minister of Tourism and Recreation on October 23, 2003. He was also given ministerial responsibility for Seniors on June 29, 2005. On October 11, 2005, Bradley was also appointed to replace Dwight Duncan as Government House Leader, following Duncan's appointment as Minister of Finance. Bradley is also the province's wine secretary, as well as the minister responsible for the Greenbelt.
On October 30, 2007, Bradley was sworn in as Minister of Transportation in McGuinty's new cabinet. As Transportation Minister, Bradley supervised the introduction of an Ontario Enhanced driver's licenses to be used at Canada/US border crossings. He introduced legislation to merge GO Transit and Metrolinx. Enacted tougher penalties for drivers who have a BAC of .05 or higher. Mandated that all commercial trucks that operate in Ontario be equipped with speed limiters to ensure heavy trucks don't exceed 105 km/h. And in April 2009, it was announced that GO Transit would be expanded to the Niagara region, with bus service to Burlington in September and with weekend rail service to Toronto starting at the end of June.
On January 18, 2010, Bradley moved to the position of Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. In August he was moved to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
|Ontario Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty|
|Cabinet posts (5)|
|John Wilkinson||Minister of the Environment
|McGuinty Government Ended|
|Rick Bartolucci||Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
|John Gerretsen||Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
|Donna Cansfield||Minister of Transportation
|Brian Coburn||Minister of Tourism
Also Responsible for Seniors
|Special Parliamentary Responsibilities|
|Dwight Duncan||Government House Leader
Bradley continued as Environment Minister in Kathleen Wynne's first cabinet after she won the leadership of the Liberal Party. Following the 2014 provincial election, the 69-year-old Bradley became a minister without portfolio with the title of Chair of Cabinet and was also appointed Deputy Government House Leader. He left cabinet in June 2016 as part of a cabinet shuffle, and later served as Chief Government Whip and Deputy Government House Leader.
In the 2018 election, Bradley lost his seat as the Liberal Party was defeated, losing official party status and suffering the greatest loss for any governing party in provincial history. He had served as St. Catharines MPP for 41 years.
|Ontario Provincial Government of Kathleen Wynne|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|John Gerretsen||Chair of cabinet
Also Deputy Government House Leader
|Wynne Government Starts||Minister of the Environment
Bradley was elected on October 22, 2018, finishing first out of 23 candidates with 18,954 votes.
On December 6, 2018, Bradley was selected as the Niagara Regional Chair, being elected on the first ballot receiving 19 out of 31 votes against two other candidates.
|1977 Ontario general election|
|Progressive Conservative||Eleanor Lancaster||11,669||36.62|
|New Democratic||Fred Dickson||7,556||23.71|
|Total valid votes||31,864||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||213|
|Progressive Conservative||John Larocque||10,273||32.26||-4.36|
|New Democratic||Don Loucks||4,927||15.47||-8.24|
|Communist||Norman J. Newell||132||0.41||-0.37|
|Total valid votes||31,841||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||181|
|Progressive Conservative||Elaine Herzog||9,029||25.39||-6.87|
|New Democratic||Michael Cormier||5,624||15.81||-0.34|
|Total valid votes||35,563||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||201|
|New Democratic||Rob West||5,566||20.04||+4.23|
|Progressive Conservative||Chuck Bradley||4,258||15.33||-10.06|
|Total valid votes||27,777||100.00|
|New Democratic||Dave Kappele||10,629||35.63||+15.59|
|Progressive Conservative||Bruce Timms||3,926||13.16||-2.17|
|Confederation of Regions||Eva Longhurst||2,384||7.99||+7.99|
|Family Coalition||Bert Pynenburg||1,331||4.46||+4.46|
|Total valid votes||29,835||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||337|
|1995 Ontario general election: St. Catharines|
|Progressive Conservative||Archie Heide||11,486||38.84||+25.68||$36,875.32|
|New Democratic||Jeff Burch||3,929||13.29||−22.34||$12,043.92|
|Family Coalition||Jon Siemens||245||0.83||−3.63||$0.00|
|Natural Law||Marcy Sheremetta||153||0.52||$0.00|
|Total valid votes||29,574||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||227||0.76|
|1999 Ontario general election: St. Catharines|
|Progressive Conservative||Tom Froese||17,994||38.51||−0.33||$68,831.44|
|New Democratic||Gordon Coggins||2,902||6.21||−7.08||$8,286.11|
|Natural Law||Helene Ann Darisse||272||0.58||$0.00|
|Independent (Marxist-Leninist)||Ron Walker||154||0.33||$112.00|
|Total valid votes||46,723||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||336||0.71|
|Note: percentage change in vote is calculated from 1995 results redistributed according to new riding boundaries.|
|2003 Ontario general election: St. Catharines|
|Progressive Conservative||Mark Brickell||12,932||29.34||−9.17||$72,267.48|
|New Democratic||John Bacher||3,944||8.95||+2.74||$8,542.84|
|Family Coalition||Linda Klassen||714||1.62||$13.80|
|Total valid votes||44,076||100.00|
|Rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||271||0.61|
|2007 Ontario general election: St. Catharines|
|Progressive Conservative||Bruce Timms||12,861||28.89||−0.45||$33.521.98|
|New Democratic||Henry Bosch||7,069||15.88||+6.93||$11,300.79|
|Family Coalition||Barra Gots||267||0.60||−1.02||$0.00|
|Total valid votes||44,510||100.0|
|2011 Ontario general election: St. Catharines|
|Progressive Conservative||Sandy Bellows||15,461||36.21||+7.32|
|New Democratic||Irene Lowell||8,624||20.20||+4.32|
|Family Coalition||Chris Clarke||191||0.45||−0.15|
|Independent||Jon Radick (Canadians' Choice)||62||0.15|
|Total valid votes||42,695||100.00|
|Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots||188||0.44|
|2014 Ontario general election: St. Catharines|
|Progressive Conservative||Mat Siscoe||13,814||29.70||-6.51|
|New Democratic||Jennie Stevens||11,350||24.40||+4.20|
|Total valid votes||46,514||100.0|
|2018 Ontario general election: St. Catharines|
|New Democratic||Jennie Stevens||18,911||36.61||+12.16|
|Progressive Conservative||Sandie Bellows||17,353||33.60||+3.88|
|None of the Above||Jim Fannon||494||0.96||–|
|Cultural Action||Duke Willis||37||0.07||–|
|Total valid votes||100.0|
|New Democratic gain from Liberal||Swing||+4.14|
|Source: Elections Ontario|
|St. Catharines regional council election, 2018|
|Candidate||Total votes||% of total votes|
|Brian Heit (X)||8,499||6.32|
|Tim Rigby (X)||8,435||6.27|
|Kelly Edgar (X)||7,233||5.38|
|Bruce Timms (X)||5,859||4.36|
|Mo Al Jumaily||4,105||3.05|
|Debbie MacGregor (X)||3,844||2.86|
|Emily Beth Spanton||3,421||2.54|
|Mary Margaret Murphy||2,763||2.06|
|Alan Caslin (X)||1,928||1.43|
The 1999, 2003 and 2007 expenditure entries are taken from official candidate reports as listed by Elections Ontario. The figures cited are the Total Candidate's Campaign Expenses Subject to Limitation, and include transfers from constituency associations. The 1995 expenditures are taken from an official listing of election expenses published by Elections Ontario.
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